Gov. J.B. Pritzker gives $5 million to committee backing his graduated income tax plan – Chicago Tribune
After big first-year wins, Pritzker looks to health care, Chicago casino — and dumping Trump – Chicago Sun-Times
Cook County, with Madison, St. Clair, land at No. 7 on list of America’s worst ‘Judicial Hellholes’ – Cook County Record
The American public-sector pension deficit is likely closer to the $4.4 trillion estimate.
After years of population decline, Decatur is annexing hundreds of properties. Here’s why. – Herald Review
The open-ended walkout by the country’s unions represents the biggest challenge to Macron since the yellow vest movement against economic inequality erupted a year ago.
Opponents fear the changes to how and when workers can retire will threaten the hard-fought French way of life. Macron himself remained “calm and determined” to push it through, according to a top presidential official.
Every time a politician collects three salaries, writes a law benefiting himself, or appoints a friend to a government job, we should remember Stephen A. Douglas.
City Council progressive crusaders, like the Machine counterparts who came before them, are finding the old-school tactic handy as they advance their own political agendas.
Pritzker backs former Senate Republican leader for ethics commission after mistakenly appointing recent lobbyist – Chicago Sun-Times
Pritzker on Thursday appointed former Illinois Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno to a newly formed ethics commission.
The governor on Wednesday named his four appointees to the commission, including former state Rep. Steven Andersson. Andersson was one of a dozen Republicans who joined Democrats to vote for a budget and income tax hike in July 2017 over the objections of former Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Andersson, however, was a lobbyist until June 28. The resolution bars anyone who registered or worked as a lobbyist in the previous five years.
Which matters more:Providing the necessary funding for the intellectually disabled to be able to access group homes and day programs after they age out of the public school system? Or preserving, in the state pension plans, the 3% fixed annual cost-of-living increases, and unreduced retirement as early as age 55*?
Pritzker defends social equity measures in recreational pot bill, tamps down expectations for Jan. 1 launch – Chicago Tribune
State Pension Contributions Grab a Large Share of Illinois’ Budget—But Just How Large? – Civic Federation
FBI agents asking questions about House Speaker Madigan and his political operation, say four people they’ve interviewed – Chicago Tribune
Federal authorities have asked questions about Democratic Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and his political operation as part of an ongoing investigation, four people who have been interviewed told the Tribune.
In an unusual transaction, retiring Illinois Senate President John Cullerton obtained a personal loan from a politically connected Chicago bank by using money from his campaign fund as collateral, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.
The deal allowed Cullerton to sidestep campaign finance disclosure requirements that would have been triggered if he had borrowed or withdrawn the money directly from his campaign fund.
Illinois makes adults with developmental disabilities wait 7 years, or longer, for services they need to live on their own – Chicago Tribune
The good news in the report from Moody’s Analytics is tempered by the reality that one-fifth of all states still have nowhere near enough money set aside to survive a recession without resorting to spending cuts or tax hikes. Illinois ranked second to last.
Democratic leaders defied House Speaker Michael Madigan to appoint a replacement for Rep. Luis Arroyo. Here’s what could happen next. – Chicago Tribune
In New York state corruption cases, a preview of coming attractions for Illinois – Chicago Sun-Times
State lobbyist makes millions running video gambling company from Chicago movie studio – Chicago Sun-Times
Editorial: Illinois’ corruption eruption: Giving thanks for FBI agents and federal prosecutors – Chicago Tribune
Commentary: Math scares your child’s elementary school teacher — and that should frighten you – Chicago Tribune
Editorial: Illinois lawmakers try to skirt the impact of Janus. Why Gov. Pritzker should say no. – Chicago Tribune
Millions of dollars are flowing into campus renovations, financial aid and student programs aimed at attracting, shoring up and retaining black students.
Senator to Speaker Madigan: Explain payments to accused sexual harasser or resign as Democratic chairman – Chicago Tribune
Democratic Sen. Iris Martinez is calling for House Speaker Michael Madigan to fully explain how friendly lobbyists wound up sending money to an aide he had ousted in a sexual harassment scandal — or step down from his role as chairman of the Illinois Democratic Party.
Governor Of Illinois, Home Of Nation’s Worst Fiscal Crisis, Slams Door On Pension Reform – ZeroHedge
Gov. J.B. Pritzker rules out constitutional change to address Illinois’ $134 billion in unfunded pension liabilities – Center Square
Nearly 30,000 people moved to Alabama from Illinois since 2010, reversing the flow of the Great Migration and marking the largest surge from the Rust Belt to the Yellowhammer State in recent years.
Meanwhile, only half as many went the opposite direction.
John Kass: Former Chicago FBI chief questions whether local prosecutors have ‘the will’ to take on Illinois corruption – Chicago Tribune
50,000 food stamp recipients in Cook County may have to find jobs starting Jan. 1 — or risk losing their benefits – Chicago Tribune
Amazon Web Services targeted in latest Illinois biometrics class action for storing fingerprint scans uploaded by others – Cook County Record
Justice Department Announces Strike Force to Combat Crimes in Government Procurement, Grant and Program Funding
Column: There’s finally aggressive action against corruption in Illinois — and you can thank President Trump – Chicago Tribune
Successor to former state Rep. Luis Arroyo chosen, but one Cook County Democrat says ‘the fix is in’ – Chicago Sun-Times
Setting the stage for a potential battle with one of the state’s most powerful Democrats, a Northwest Side alderman and three other Democratic committeemen on Friday picked a successor for former state Rep. Luis Arroyo.
They did so with the use of Arroyo’s proxy votes — though he faces federal bribery charges, Arroyo remains the 36th Ward committeeman. That led another Democratic committeeman to leave the meeting, declaring “the fix is in.”
Arroyo didn’t attend, but 30th Ward Ald. Ariel Reboyras cast his own weighted vote and Arroyo’s proxy. In the end, Eva-Dina Delgado, an assistant to the president of Peoples Gas, was ultimately selected to finish Arroyo’s term.